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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Aug 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

The top three leaders of the guided-missile destroyer involved in the June collision, which resulted in the death of seven sailors and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, have been removed from their positions, the vice chief of naval operations told reporters on Thursday afternoon…


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2017 6:56 a.m. PST

It took the Navy long enough.
If I were the Captain of that ship, I would have mailed out a bunch of applications the very next week.

paulgenna Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2017 7:48 a.m. PST

This is sad for both the families and the commanding officer. There is no win in this situation and little doubt that we will not hear the whole story.

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2017 10:48 a.m. PST

At fault or not at fault doesn't matter to the Navy. When there is an accident, the Captain of the ship is always fired.

Lion in the Stars21 Aug 2017 9:49 p.m. PST

@USAFpilot: Yup. The Captain is the final authority on the ship. If *anything* goes wrong, he is fired. No discussion, no defense.

Sometimes, like when a stupid sailor gets into a single-car crash in the rain, the Captain's career survives the death of a crewmember.

I know when I got hurt, it almost killed my Captain's career.

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